Steam has quickly become a popular platform for game distribution, but some have raised questions about the restrictions it places on games bought through the service. Do these restrictions make Steam unappealing, or can the service redeem itself in other ways?
Lower lag in mutliplayer is the dream of every on-line gamer. Killer, a company focusing on network adapters for gamers, promises to fulfill that dream with its specially constructed network cards. But do the Killer cards function as advertised, or are they more about marketing than results?
Where you hear about a new processor coming to market, the first things that you’re probably told are the number of cores it has and its clock speed. But there are other factors that affect performance, and one is the cache. But what is cache memory, and why does it matter?
When buying a desktop PC it is generally true that more RAM is better than less, as having too little RAM can cause a major drag on performance. But is the same true with video cards, or is purchasing a video card with additional RAM a good way to burn cash?
Thanks to the Phenom II, AMD has a product that is highly competitive against a range of processors from Intel. But while the Phenom II is competitive, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should buy one – but it is no longer wise to assume that Intel has the upper hand across the board.
Knowing how to clean and edit your Windows registry can open numerous opportunities to improve or modify the performance of your Windows PC. But the functions of the Windows Registry are not immediately obvious, so doing your research is crucial before diving in.
Hardware acceleration of physics has always been a holy grail of PC gaming, heralded by many but never truly obtainable. However, Nvidia has recently attempted to resolve the problem of physics acceleration by enabling PhysX on its video cards. So what is PhysX, and can you use it?
If you’ve been following Phenom II, then you might think you’re seeing double, as AMD has released a new line-up of Phenom II processors only a month after the originals. These new processors use the AM3 socket, however – and they offer outstanding value for your money.
One of the most important decisions to make when considering at HDTV as a PC monitor is deciding which HDTV to buy. It is the most expensive decision of the process, and will determine the quality of your experience. But besides picture quality, there are certain features that you should look for.
You’ve got the HDTV. You’ve got the PC. You think you’ve got all the appropriate cables. Now all you need to know is how to make the two work together. Thankfully, depending on how you are connecting the two, you shouldn’t need to use more than a few small connections.
So, you picked up some new software at a local retailer. Your computer met the minimum system requirements, but when you took it home, it didn’t work as well as you’d hoped. What went wrong? Unfortunately, while meant to be easy to understand, Minimum System Requirements often require a second look.
Windows 7 is set to include numerous advancements over Vista, including the introduction of DirectX 11. The new version of DirectX has not been as hyped as was DirectX 10, but it makes some important changes that should please anyone interested in PC graphics or gaming.